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Posted at 8:23 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Republicans pick Stanley to run for Hurt's senate seat

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Republicans selected Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the GOP committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, to be their nominee to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt, who was elected to Congress this month.

Stanley defeated five other Republicans -- Pittsylvania County Republican Committee Chairwoman Brenda Bowman; Pittsylvania County real estate appraiser Jerry Grubb; Franklin County nonprofit president Melvin Adams Sr., Danville City Council member Fred Shanks and Danville businessman Scott Brooks -- in a firehouse primary tonight.

"Bill Stanley is a great choice to be our nominee in this important special election, and he'll make a fantastic senator,'' said Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). "Today, Republican voters in Campbell, Danville, Franklin and Pittsylvania had a large and talented field from which to choose their next senator, and they have selected a great nominee who will represent the voters of the 19th District with distinction in the Senate of Virginia."

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) called a special election for Jan. 11. Stanley will face Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Henry Davis Jr. (D).

The winner will be sworn in immediately. The General Assembly begins its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | November 23, 2010; 8:23 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert Hurt, State Senate  
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